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EXECUTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does execute mean? 

EXECUTE (verb)
  The verb EXECUTE has 7 senses:

1. kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
2. murder in a planned fashion
3. put in effect
4. carry out the legalities of
5. carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
6. carry out or perform an action
7. sign in the presence of witnesses

  Familiarity information: EXECUTE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXECUTE (verb)


Sense 1execute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

execute; put to death

Context example:

In some states, criminals are executed

Hypernyms (to "execute" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

penalise; penalize; punish (impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "execute"):

crucify (kill by nailing onto a cross)

burn (burn at the stake)

hang; string up (kill by hanging)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to execute the prisoners


Sense 2execute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Murder in a planned fashion

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed

Hypernyms (to "execute" is one way to...):

bump off; dispatch; hit; murder; off; polish off; remove; slay (kill intentionally and with premeditation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3execute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put in effect

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

accomplish; carry out; carry through; fulfil; fulfill; action; execute

Context examples:

carry out a task / execute the decision of the people / He actioned the operation

Hypernyms (to "execute" is one way to...):

complete; finish (come or bring to a finish or an end)

effect; effectuate; set up (produce)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "execute"):

get over (to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end)

complete; discharge; dispatch (complete or carry out)

do; perform (get (something) done)

consummate (fulfill sexually)

consummate (make perfect; bring to perfection)

run (carry out)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4execute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carry out the legalities of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

execute a will or a deed

Hypernyms (to "execute" is one way to...):

apply; enforce; implement (ensure observance of laws and rules)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "execute"):

give (execute and deliver)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5execute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

execute; run

Context examples:

Run the dishwasher / run a new program on the Mac / the computer executed the instruction

Hypernyms (to "execute" is one way to...):

apply; enforce; implement (ensure observance of laws and rules)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "execute"):

step (cause (a computer) to execute a single command)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6execute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carry out or perform an action

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

perform; do; execute

Context examples:

John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters / the skater executed a triple pirouette / she did a little dance

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "execute"):

churn out (perform in a mechanical way)

premier; premiere (perform a work for the first time)

star (be the star in a performance)

appear (appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.)

practice; practise; rehearse (engage in a rehearsal (of))

ad-lib; extemporise; extemporize; improvise; improvize (perform without preparation)

interpret; render (give an interpretation or rendition of)

conduct; direct; lead (lead, as in the performance of a composition)

make (perform or carry out)

scamp (perform hastily and carelessly)

blaze away (perform (an acting passage) brilliantly and rapidly)

click off (perform or finish an action rapidly)

sight-read (play or perform music by reading it off the sheet; perform unprepared)

carry (sing or play against other voices or parts)

pipe up (begin to play or sing)

declaim; recite (recite in elocution)

serenade (sing and play for somebody)

cut corners (do something the cheapest or easiest way)

stunt (perform a stunt or stunts)

cut (perform or carry out)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7execute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sign in the presence of witnesses

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The President executed the treaty

Hypernyms (to "execute" is one way to...):

sign (be engaged by a written agreement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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